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How to Crochet Over Your Ends

May 23rd, 2012

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Tired of weaving in ends whenever you reach a new skein in your crochet project? Avoiding crochet colorwork project because there are too many ends? Try crocheting over your ends! This easy technique allows you to keep on crocheting so that the end you have to weave in is the very last one. Here’s how to do it.

How to Crochet Over Your Ends

You’ll have two pieces of yarn: the working yarn and the tail you’re weaving in (top image). Place the tail over the top of your next stitch (second image). Then, complete your stitch as normal (third image). This securely hides your tail in the middle of the stitch (bottom image). Continue in this manner until the entire tail has been used, then snip any excess yarn that may be sticking out. That’s all there is to it! This technique is helpful for both stripes and solids, so get crocheting!

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  • http://profiles.google.com/wzrdreams Grace Jones

    Good to know. As ususal, excellent choice of nail color (coordinates well with the crochet hook).

  • Allie @ Fiesta Cat Yarn

    Great photos & tips! …& love the spring nail polish too! ;)

  • Robin Brzozowski

    Weaving in ends is my least favorite part of a project! I recently discovered that I could crochet those ends in much as you describe above! I’ll crochet one tail in the row I’m working on and the second in the next row.  I find this keeps things from getting too bulky and helps to keep colors from poking through!  Thanks for the tip!

  • http://www.minkz.com.au/ contemporary furniture

    the photos are really a big help in the tutorial. Nice post.

  • Jessica

    I love this method! I was so excited when I learned how to do this a couple years ago. It really changed my life!

  • Tiffyneale

    After 23 years of crocheting and weaving in ends, I started doing this in my last color-changing project and it saved me hours!

  • Shannon

    I found that my ends un-wove when I used this method.  Maybe I was doing it wrong.

  • Marilee

    I’ve been doing the “crochet over your ends” for most of my crocheting life.  Rarely have I had any issues… biggest challenge – keeping the tail long enough so id doesn’t pull out but short enough that it doesn’t make one row bulkier than the others!

  • Kristen

    Shannon: I’ve had the same problem.  I’ve got one solution I can share.  First, crochet over the yarn for three stitches on one row like this tutorial suggests. Then let the tail hang out the back of the piece.  Then on the next row, when you reach the tail, crochet over it for another three stitches. Keep doing this for three or four rows and you’ll have less of a chance of the yarn sneaking back out over time.

  • Grand30

    I use both methods to be sure ie crochet over the yarn and then weave in a bit as well. I’m always worried it would come undone. Maybe it wouldn’t but I like to be sure. This is probably why I really hate all those ends to be done. I suppose if the tail is long enough ie a few inches it might be ok to just crochet over it. Sometimes I’m not sure how much yarn I’ll need so try to conserve as much as I can. Probably using up too much that way as well. So I think I’ll take people’s say so here and just crochet over and not weave in. Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/deborah.crouserhudy Deborah Crouse-Rhudy

    I discovered a tip online that makes a really good bond when joining same colors. Using a large-eye needle, weave a few inches of the ending skein a few inches into the beginning of the next skein. Then weave the beginning of the new skein into the end of the old. Tug it taut and then crochet as if there was no join. You’ll never find the join again and its the tightest join I’ve ever found…won’t unravel at all.

    • kddomingue

      OMG! I’ve been doing what you described ! Found a tip somewhere online but didn’t bookmark it and, not only could I not find it again, I couldn’t remember what it was called. When I came across the russian join, I thought that was it and that I had misunderstood the instructions for the original tip. Lol! But what I was doing was working so well that I’ve just continued using ” my” method. Glad to know someone else is using this method, too. Now, if I just knew what it’s called. By the way, I use only non- animal yarns because of allergies and this method has worked on all of the cottons, acrylics and blends that I’ve crocheted with thus far.

      • Esmerelda

        Actually, I saw a picture of the Russian join and thought I was doing it until I found a tutorial. Its the same basic concept and either way, it is a really good join so I guess its a case of “whatever works” and our way works. Happy hooking!

        • kddomingue

          Delighted to see your response! I saw Lily Chin do something called a spit join the other day but it is a felted join so it wouldn’t work for the yarns I crochet with. Our method seems to resemble a cross between the russian join and the spit join sooooo……….. we could always call it a russian spit join? Naaaa, no actual spit is involved so I guess it’s back to the drawing board for a name. Sigh. Lol! You’re too right tho’………whatever works and this works quite well. Have a great week!

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  • Brie

    I usually do this but had some trouble when my new color was a row of double crochets (granny square) and so the tail worked loose fairly easily. Any suggestions?

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  • Na_na99

    OMG. This is LIFE CHANGING!!! I am NOT being sarcastic here! I’M EXCITED!!! I HATE weaving in ends. I LOVE YOU.

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  • Pamela Colander

    I am SO doing this next baby blanket project!

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